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Jun 06, 2013 - Jun 08, 2013     
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Victor Roache
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1/20/12: Roache put together a monster sophomore season at Georgia Southern, leading the nation with 30 home runs, the most by an NCAA Division I player in eight years. That was in stark contrast to Roache’s freshman season at Georgia Southern, where he went deep just eight times. The feat was all the more remarkable because of the introduction of the less-potent BBCOR bats into the college game in 2011, which cut home runs almost in half from one year to the next. Additionally, Roache was second in the nation with 84 RBIs and 179 total bases while slugging at a .778 clip. He also jumped his batting average from .252 to .326. Roache showed no signs of a let-up through the first half of the Cape Cod League season last summer and was clearly on pace for the first triple crown in league history. Through 25 games, he was hitting .397-5-24 and stinging the ball with authority. Almost overnight, his production slipped dramatically. He batted just .183 with one homer the rest of the way, and his strikeout pace climbed at an alarming rate. He succumbed on just 13 occasions in his first 25 games; in his final 18 contests, he fanned 31 times. Overall, he hit .316-6-28, but any chance of leading the league in even one of the triple-crown categories slipped away from him. Roache’s uneven performance in summer ball left scouts puzzled. Not only did he hit with impressive power in the first half, but he had a solid approach at the plate and showed all the signs of becoming a complete hitter with his short, compact swing. Though he was prone to muscling balls out of the yard, rather than incorporating more hands and wrists in his swing, he hit every pitch in every direction of the field. The 6-foot-2, 225-pound Roache soon became a marked man throughout the Cape league, however, and began to see a steady diet of breaking balls. He began pulling off balls early with increasing regularity, and the more he struggled to make simple contact, the more he began to chase pitches out of the zone, even balls in the dirt. The reasons for his sheer inability to hit breaking balls that accounted for his dramatic drop-off in production are unclear, but the issue was raised if Roache might have been playing with a sore shoulder in the latter half of the summer season. Oddly, just as quickly as Roache’s output dipped overnight last summer in the Cape, he made a similar upsurge in performance from both his freshman year at Georgia Southern to his sophomore campaign, and from the first half of his 2011 season to the second half. A product of a Michigan high school, Roache was hardly recruited by a non-Michigan college and somewhat predictably struggled in his first year facing college pitching. He lacked polish in all phases of his game. Moreover, Roache didn't play summer ball after his freshman year as he spent several months recovering from a broken ankle that required eight screws and a metal plate to be inserted. Needless to say, expectations were low for Roache entering the 2011 college season and he didn’t get off to an especially hot start, homering just six times in his first 25 games. From that point on, he went on a tear, finishing six home runs ahead of his closest pursuer. He was just one of six D-I players to hit at least 20 homers. Roache’s raw power stems mainly from the brute strength in his powerful frame, but scouts attributed his sudden resurgence midway through last season to minor adjustments in his swing, notably in his ability to lay off pitches out of the strike zone or those he couldn’t drive with authority. Beyond his exploits with the bat, Roache shows average tools in the field and on the bases. He should be able to hold his own on an outfield corner, possibly even right field. Though he flashed an average arm most of the spring and summer, about 100 scouts saw him unleash his best throw of the Cape Cod League season from right field in the league all-star game. An average runner, he does not profile as a base stealer. On the basis of his big spring performance at Georgia Southern and stellar showing through the first half of the Cape season, Roache would normally be a solid candidate for the top half of the first round in 2012. But because of his wild inconsistency, his draft worthiness now comes with a degree of risk, and it’s safe to say he will have to prove himself again this spring that he’s a legitimate power hitter.




Oct 23, 2008 - Oct 27, 2008   Bo Jackson Midwest  23
Roger Dean Complex - Jupiter, FL
Victor Roache
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Sep 06, 2008 - Sep 07, 2008   Midwest Redbirds  12
Wrigley Field - Chicago, IL
Victor Roache
OF 6-1 200   R/R

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